Maritime Forum

Maritime Forum Themes


Celebrating ocean literacy in the Mediterranean Sea – Welcome to our Mediterranean Sea basin event

Event date:
24/09/2021 (All day) to 27/09/2021 (All day)
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    The EU4Ocean Coalition is organising a new round of engaging ocean literacy activities for the upcoming Let's Make the Mediterranean Blue Sea basin event. From youth activities, educational programmes to the Mediterranean Ocean Literacy Festival, there is no limit to your imagination. Come on board and join us in making the Med blue!


    Live webstream of the last sessions HERE


    A new wave of ocean literacy activities is fast approaching, this time the Mediterranean Sea basin. Supported by the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission, the EU4Ocean Coalition is preparing its Let's Make the Mediterranean Blue sea basin event, organised around Med Coast Day (September 25th). It will combine a rich and diverse programme on-site, in digital and in hybrid format, organised in different Mediterranean locations. Together, by connecting Mediterranean ocean literacy actors and initiatives, it will serve as a focal point for bringing ocean literacy to everybody’s mind and actions.

    Particular attention will be given to:

    • Bringing the ocean to education, considering differences in cultures and pedagogy between Mediterranean countries and identifying mechanisms for strengthening the place given to the ocean in national curricula and education policies
    • Supporting inspiring youth ocean literacy activities, widening youth learning opportunities and developing blue skills by bringing together youth representatives from the different Mediterranean countries 
    • Strengthening the role given to ocean literacy in strategies and policies, including in different policy domains (marine & land-based) and at different decision-making scales (from local to Mediterranean Sea basin scales)
    • The Mediterranean Ocean Literacy Festival showcasing engaging ocean literacy activities: from science shows, arts performances or workshops to public debates for young Europeans and other audiences that are directly or indirectly linked to the Mediterranean Sea
    • Bringing attention to the role of ports and harbours in making the Mediterranean blue through the #MakeMedPortsBlue photo contest
    • Promoting the #MakeEUBlue campaign that has been launched at European Maritime Day 2021 and is ongoing


    And let's not forget: 

    • Promoting the ongoing #MakeEUBlue campaign launched on European Maritime Day 2021 - Every action, even the smallest one, brings change to the ocean!
    • Contributing to #MedCoastDay 2021The Mediterranean needs you. If you put a seashell to your ear, you will hear it calling!

    In coherence with the truly Mediterranean character of the event, the journey the event is offering will stop over in different Mediterranean caosts, including in Malta, Venice and Tunisia. The Make the Mediterranean Blue activities are organised between September 24th and September 27th, 2021. While many activities or initiatives will be virtual, we aim at one physical activity per Mediterranean country organised during these three days.

    What to attend and how?

    The following programme assembles the activities scheduled for and around the Mediterranean Sea basin event. Live events will be held at scheduled time, whereas other content will be made available all day long. Further information on individual events, organisation and dates will follow soon. This web page will be continuously updated. Stay tuned!


    Let’s make the Mediterranean Blue! 

    High-level opening


    16:00 - 17:30 CEST on 24th September


    Organised by EU4Ocean Coalition


    Young Ocean Advocates: Translating ideas into actions

    Learning activity / Training session / Workshop

    Young Ocean Advocates, Youth4Ocean Forum members, Youth

    10:00 - 17:45 CEST on 25th September


    Organised by Youth4Ocean Forum

    Mediterranean Ocean Literacy Festival

    Science cafés / Quiz / Guided tours / Virtual exhibitions and more 


    All day on 25th September


    Organised by EU4Ocean Coalition



    Youth4Med Forum - Together for the Mediterranean

    Interactive Session / Debate / Forum

    Youth and young professionals from Mediterranean countries

    09:30 - 17:30 CEST on 26th September, 09:30 - 11:30 CEST on 27th September


    Organised by ACTeon



    Making the school an agent of change to deliver a resilient Blue Mediterranean Sea

    Learning activity / Training session / Workshop

    Education, marine & climate stakeholders with an interest in education methods

    10:45 - 13:15 CEST on 27th September

    English & French interpretation 

    Organised by ACTeon, Ci
    ência Viva, DG MARE and more



    Visit the activities of the Mediterranean Young Ocean Advocates

    A series of lively pitches from Young Ocean Advocates


    12:00 - 13:00 CEST on 27th September


    Organised by Youth4Ocean Forum



    Strengthening ocean literacy to support an effective Marine Knowledge System in the Mediterranean Sea

    High-level event 

    Decision-makers, experts, researchers and interested stakeholders

    14:00 - 16:00 CEST on 27th September

    English & French interpretation

    Organised by ACTeon, DG MARE, Youth4Ocean Forum and more



    Bringing Ocean and Climate to the classroom

    Learning activity / Training session / Workshop

    Network of European Blue Schools

    15:30 - 17:00 CEST on 27th September


    Organised by Network of European Blue Schools



    Sailing forward: Let’s make the Mediterranean Blue!

    High-level closing and forward-looking event​​​​​​​


    16:30 - 18:00 CEST on 27th September

    English & French interpretation

    Organised by EU4Ocean Coalition



    During the entire Let's Make the Mediterranean Blue...

    EU4Ocean #MakeMedPortsBlue photo contest

    Photo contest

    Dive into the creativeness and emotions of the winners of the first stage of the #MakeMedPortsBlue photo contest – in particular with exhibitions on site at the National Malta Aquarium in Malta and at the European Cultural Center (more onsite and online locations to come).



    Other initiatives associated to Let’s make the Mediterranean Blue


    Le Forum Mondial de la Mer – Bizerte

    Interactive Session / Debate / Forum

    All stakeholders, decision makers and elected representatives from the Mediterranean Sea

    24th - 25th September


    Organised by Le Forum Mondial de la Mer & La Saison Bleue

    Devoted to "The Mediterranean of projects", the European Union's commitment to the oceans (Starfish Mission 2030) and the newly launched Mediterranean Parliament of the Sea bringing together elected representatives from the different countries of the Mediterranean coast.


    Implementing blue challenges in schools –


    Educational activity/training/MOOC

    Partners & teachers from the Erasmus+ Blue S_Med project

    26th - 28th September


    Organised by Blue S_Med




    Oceanthon 2021 – Decennio del Mare


    All Mediterranean stakeholders interested to participate

    26th - 27th September


    Organised by UNESCO-IOC



    2021 EU Researchers' Night 

    Europe-wide displays the diversity of science and its impact on citizens' daily lives


    24th September

    All languages 

    Organised by European Commission


    MEDBLUE: Towards the States General of the Blue Economy

    Interactive session / Debate / Forum

    21st September, hybrid

    French / Italian

    Organised by Cluster Maritime Tunisien


    Enhancement of marine habitat status of the Lérins Islands and sustainable island development

    Meeting / Learning activity / Training session

    Experts in the field of marine conservation & sustainable tourism

    28 September - 1 October, on-site

    English / French

    Organised by SMILO & Lérins Abbaye


    For more information on the event…

    Pierre Strosser   @ 

    Vera Noon          @ 

    Anna Saito          @